We can all appreciate a good news story these days and that is why we’d like to celebrate one of our electricians Jordan. Recently Jordan successfully completed his COMPEX Electrician course, passing both Gas & Vapour as well as Dust modules. Successful completion of these modules mean that Jordan receives an industry wide recognised certificate of competency validation allowing him to install, maintain and inspect electrical instrumental systems in a flammable gas, vapour, mist or combustible dust environment. More importantly this allows him to ultimately work safely in explosive environments.

Jordan began his journey as Kigtek Electricals first apprentice and the team are delighted to have seen him progress over the years. He now joins all our other qualified electricians in holding the COMPEX certification, and we are delighted to have several more members of the team working to achieve their certification.

Jordan commented

” I am delighted to have passed the COMPEX course as it has given me a more in depth knowledge of the filed we work in. Now that I have passed this milestone in my training I can now progress onto the next stage which will be achieving my Approved Electrician grade. 

Being the first apprentice at Kigtek I feel I have come a long way since the beginning, it is amazing to think it all started with a pre-apprenticeship course and the work I have put in has got me this far. I still have a lot of work to achieve the next step of my training however I look forward to what is ahead.”

We take pride in our apprentices and apprenticeship programme which offers unique experience opportunities and continued support and development beyond the apprenticeship stage. If you are interested in an electrical apprenticeship with Kigtek keep an eye on our social channels as we will be announcing the next intake in the coming months.

Background

Alex began his career as an apprentice electrician 10 years ago, moving to Kigtek Electrical to work alongside his dad John, our Electrical Services Manager, in 2014.

‘After passing my approved electricians test, Kigtek put me through the COMPEX Electrician test which was an important certification to achieve due to the high volume of work we do in hazardous areas. I found that course really beneficial and a useful learning experience.

Kigtek then further supported me through my HNC and HND in Electrical Engineering which I completed alongside working on customer projects – a challenge to balance studying and site work but really useful. The engineering aspect of the course was particularly handy as there are a lot of design elements involved and it is important to have a good understanding of them, especially for this role’.

Preparing for the role

Having worked for the company for 6 years, Alex explains how the relationships he has built have helped him settle into his new role.

‘I’ve been able to build up a good working relationship with both customers on site and the Kigtek team. By having a stronger understanding of how people operate, their strengths and weaknesses and how projects typically run on site, allows me to effectively and efficiently manage projects .

I’ve also been lucky enough to work alongside very experienced foremen and of course my manager (and dad) who have invaluable knowledge. Due to the diverse range of projects we are working on, I’ll continue to take note of their advice and knowledge as I continue to learn and develop.

We work really closely with the Kigtek Solutions engineers and it’s important that we stay in communication to make sure our projects run smoothly, and are still completed to the highest standards. Having worked with the engineers on site, the transition to the office has been really straightforward and their support is always there.’

Apprentices

Kigtek apprenticeships have been core to the electrical side of our business for many years and we pride ourselves in the quality of experience we give our apprentice electricians. Having been through an apprenticeship himself, Alex recognises the value in offering a well-rounded, hands on approach.

‘I really believe Kigtek provide a great apprentice programme. While we complete the general power and lighting projects, the variety of projects we deliver in industrial automation offers exciting and interesting opportunities. The often complicated and challenging experience the guys get in hazardous areas and data cabling for example opens them up to much wider opportunities further in their career.

However, I think it’s a credit to the company when you recognise our apprentices have all stayed with us without breaking service, working their way through their certifications.  We have guys ready to sit their approved electricians test as well as some that are going to do their COMPEX test. The aim is to keep the company growing and evolving and our apprentices are a core part of that.’

Highlights

Alex has worked on numerous projects but one of his highlights was a 5-month long project last year, the first he felt he had to really take a step back from the tools and manage and run his team.

‘The job was for a large brewery and involved – from an electrical perspective – ripping out and replacing 25 conveyors, lighting cables, a full refurbishment of the switch room, and a new MCC panel. The job involved our core squad as well as additional outsourced electricians, requiring a lot of coordination between myself and the other foremen.

It was the first time I had to take a step back from doing the physical aspects of the job and focus more on the logistics and ensuring everything was communicated and running smoothly between all teams. I was looking after a team of 15 and the job covered 4/5 months. It was stressful at times, but it was really rewarding to see it completed, knowing I helped get it over the finish line from a leadership perspective.

I think it really helped me prepare for coming into this more managerial, office-based position where you need to look at projects from a much wider perspective and take the lead on co-ordination. It also established the importance of building good relationships with the other teams on site -communication was key.’

Final Thoughts

‘I think it’s great to see how the company is continuously expanding, even in the current difficult climate, and I want to continue this growth. Kigtek Electrical is still a young company but working alongside our Kigtek Solutions colleagues, we’re installing innovative and high quality solutions for our customers.

We spoke about words of wisdom and my dad has given me the advice to take time to make decisions. In this role it’s okay to take a step back and think things over to make sure the decision is the right one, whether that’s providing a quote or organising project teams.’

We look forward to seeing Alex excel in his new role and if you would like to find out more about our electrical service capabilities click here or contact us today!

 

Kigtek AFRC Tier 2 Membership
Kigtek AFRC Tier 2 MembershipAfter working together on a successful digital twin project, Kigtek are delighted to be joining the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, as a Tier 2 Member. The recent major project completed in conjunction with the AFRC, Diageo and Siemens delivered an innovative, market leading solution for the drinks industry as well as a high-accuracy process based digital twin – one of the first in the UK.

The continued development of the digital twin project will add enhanced virtual and augmented reality concepts to support industrial adoption. In conjunction, Kigtek’s industrial experience brings opportunities for Scottish Manufacturing to benefit from NMIS resources and their ability to develop innovative solutions for real-world challenges.

“Kigtek is delighted to join the AFRC as Tier 2 Members. We have already completed an exciting project with the AFRC which included the development of a digital twin and innovative real solution of a new cask filling process for the Whisky industry. We look forward to working together with the AFRC on the many high value manufacturing opportunities that Industry 4.0 brings to Scottish engineering.”

Gordon Fleming – Managing Director at Kigtek

“It is fantastic to see Kigtek join us as a new member, helping us enhance our world-class reputation and capabilities in manufacturing research. Through this new membership we plan to continue the collaborative development of our work around digital twins and further showcase this to industry.”

Danny McMahon – Metrology and Digital Team Lead at the AFRC

 

It was great to see our innovative CaskTEK Filling System be picked up in the national press during the summer. Our solution was developed with industry partners – Diageo, Siemens and the Advanced Forming Research Centre.

If you didn’t have a chance to read the article follow the link below and get in touch with us if you would like to arrange a demonstration or would like to chat about how we can help your cask filling, disgorging and management.

Original Article in the Herald Scotland.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/18582405.new-digital-cask-filling-process-could-save-whisky-industry-millions-year/

In light of ongoing Covid-19 developments, we would like to take a moment to assure you that Kigtek are doing everything in our power to appropriately address the situation.

Our management team are closely monitoring all official guidance regarding Covid-19. The health and safety of our staff and customers are of the highest importance to us therefore we have and continue to implement strict workplace practices to limit the risk and spread of the virus.

All employees are fully aware of the procedures in place, including a heightened focus on proper and routine handwashing, how to identify symptoms of Covid-19, and work from home/self-isolation policies.

We are continuing to operate as usual however we would like to assure our customers that Kigtek have appropriate business continuity plans in place to minimise disruption to our projects and services.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in Kigtek, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

Thank you to Great Northern Distillery, Insteco and Siemens for flying over from Ireland and braving the elements to visit our CaskTEK demonstration rig in Glasgow at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

It was a great opportunity for them to see our advanced cask filling system live in action, as well as walk through our market leading CaskTEK software for real time cask fill and disgorge operational control, as well as reporting for aspects such as maturation loss and plant performance.

Our guests even had the chance to operate the rig using our portable Industrial Tablet PC!

To learn more about our collaborative research project with Diageo, Siemens and the Advanced Forming Research Centre to develop an innovative Digital Twin and physical cask filling system to drive improvements in cask filling technology click here. 

If you would like to know more about CaskTEK or visit the rig contact us today!